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Julie Cook, Tuscany

Published Thursday January 10, 2019 (13:02:44)
The Cooks
Who are you?

Originating from North Yorkshire UK, we are a family of 8 who grew up around food. Family dinners, times of celebration, cold wet Sundays and in times of stress - one thing has always been a constant source of enjoyment for our family. Cooking.    more ...


Nadia Plamadeala, Rome

Published Tuesday September 26, 2017 (08:27:52)
Nadia Plamadeala
Who are you?

My name is Nadia, I am from Moldova, 29 years old. I am a cross-cultural specialist currently writing my first book for expats about Italian culture.    more ...


M. Elizabeth Evans, Florence

Published Thursday August 04, 2016 (11:32:57)
M. Elizabeth Evans
Who are you?

I read this initially as "how are you?" and was writing some "witty" response, "somewhere between a glass of wine and an institution." Then I realized I'd read the question wrong.

I'm M.E., a writer, blogger, obsessive goat and capybara video watcher.    more ...


Nancy Palmer, Tuscany

Published Tuesday July 26, 2016 (12:35:59)
Nancy Palmer
Who are you?

I am a mom, a sister, a daughter and a friend.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Cortona, Italy in April 2016 from California. My husband passed away a year and a half ago and last year I travelled the world leaving his ashes in all the places he wanted to visit.    more ...


Jasmine Mah, Bergamo

Published Wednesday June 29, 2016 (13:49:25)
Jasmine Mah
Who are you?

My name is Jasmine, I'm a 27 year old born-and-bred Western Canadian from Edmonton, Alberta. I attended pharmacy school at the University of Alberta and practiced in the community for a little less than two years before packing my bags for Bergamo, Italy.    more ...


Jessica Venture, Casarano

Published Monday June 27, 2016 (09:29:23)
Jessica Venture
Who are you?

I am a 27 year old new mom married to an Italian Special Forces helicopter pilot. I started blogging as a way to communicate with my family and friends and over the years it turned into my source of release and creativity. I started out teaching English which is the common path of an expat in Italy, but as of last year I have been working towards starting up my own online business selling handcrafted home decor that mixes crochet with the modern world.    more ...


Jasmine Mah, Bergamo

Published Saturday April 11, 2015 (17:23:00)
Jasmine Mah
Who are you?

My name is Jasmine Mah, I am a 26 year old Canadian living in Bergamo, Italy.

Where, when, and why did you move abroad?

I moved abroad in December 2014 to Bergamo, a city in Northern Italy about 45 minutes away from Milan in Lombardy. My fiancé is from Bergamo and after living in Canada for a couple of years, we decided to make the move to Europe.

What challenges did you face during the move?    more ...


John P Brady, Sicily

Published Monday September 17, 2012 (00:05:10)
John P Brady
Sicily, for some a paradise island, for others a place to emigrate from, for me it was my new home. I sketch this to give the reader some idea of the cultural differences and challenges that might face an expat on the Mediterranean island of Sicily.

I struck out alone for Catania, Sicily at the end of summer 2011 to broaden my horizons and to search for a new challenge. In my new life abroad I needed to find a place to live, a means of earning a living and an entire new social circle. From whatever point of view you look at this, it is a large undertaking. Importantly though, the challenge is offset by one’s enthusiasm, positivity and hunger for a change.

Within a week of arriving I had discovered a room in a shared house located centrally. The local ad newspaper provided my contact and soon I was ready to look for employment. I found small pieces of work teaching English over the next two months until I eventually found a full time position. From that point on my main issue was getting used to life as an expat in Sicily.    more ...


Amy Lucinda, Puglia (Southern Italy)

Published Thursday July 26, 2012 (17:38:02)
Amy Lucinda
I moved from the UK to a small town in Southern Italy (Puglia) to take a position as an English teacher in a private school. I've been living here almost 2 years.

Living in a small town, there's a distinct lack of expat activity! My boss and my two colleagues are native English speakers, but that's it! If you go to the bigger cities in the area you can find more expats and there are Erasmus students too. But in my town, you've got to reach out to the locals!

The first challenge I faced here was the language. I didn't speak a word of Italian before I arrived, and therefore I knew that gaining a circle of friends (or even communicating on a basic level!) would be difficult. The locals are friendly however, and show you respect if you try and speak Italian. They are warm, generous people who all look out for each other. I have yet to establish some really strong friendships, but I'm getting there!    more ...


Jill Pennington, Emilia Romagna region

Published Thursday July 05, 2012 (17:43:46)
Jill Pennington
My name is Jill Pennington, I am 44 and have been living in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy for 8 years. I was born in Holmfirth West Yorkshire.

My husband and I decided after renovating a house in the UK that we would like to try out a renovation project abroad and we thought as our children were so young 5, 8 and 10 that it would be a good opportunity for them to experience a new culture.
We contacted a few estate agents in different areas of Italy and spent a week viewing properties; we came back over to Italy 3 times before we found the right place. The right place for us was a derelict farm (2 houses) in the middle of a field.

We had help and support from the estate agent so the buying process was fairly smooth.    more ...

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